Lime Jello Salad

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5 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes

Lime Jello Salad combines a handful of ingredients in a tasty way. You’ll love the sweetness of the pineapple, crunch from the walnuts, and creaminess of the cottage cheese.

A square of lime jello salad on a plate.

Lime Jello Salad with cottage cheese is refreshing and tangy, while being balance by the smooth and sweetness of evaporated milk and cottage cheese. This delicious treat will be reminiscent of your grandmothers table, it won’t disappoint.

To learn more about how Jello Salads came to be learn more here.


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What We Love About This Recipe

  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe uses simple ingredients to make a delicious snack or dessert. This is so nostalgic, it will remind you of sitting at grandma’s table at Thanksgiving.
  • Adaptable: You could make this recipe with any flavor of gelatin such as lemon jello.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Lime Jello Salad stores great in the fridge and will be just good 2 days later.
A Pan of the Lime Jello Salad.

Ingredient Notes for this Lime Jello Salad Recipes

  • Lime Gelatin: Sugar free can be great in this recipe.
  • Mayonnaise: Low fat works too.
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Small Curd Cottage Cheese: softened cream cheese also works.
  • Walnuts
  • Crushed Pineapple
Lime Jello, nuts and cream mixture for the salad.

Equipment Needed for Classic Lime Jello Salad

How to Make Vintage Lime Jello Salad

These are the basic steps for making Lime Jello Salad. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Preparing the lime jello.

STEP 1: MAKE THE GELATIN

In a large sauce pan combine reserved pineapple juice and water to a boil then remove from heat and add the packet of lime gelatin.

STEP 2: MAKE LIME JELLO SALAD

In a large bowl, mix together the evaporated milk and mayonnaise. Slowly add the gelatin mixture and combine, then fold in the cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and walnuts. Pour cottage cheese lime jello salad into a square baking dish.

STEP 3: REFRIGERATE

You will want to cover baking dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with cool whip and crushed pineapple.

Adding the nuts and forming the jello salad.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is great to make ahead of time as it needs to be kept in the fridge. Follow the steps usual and store in the fridge covered for 1-3 days before serving.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store this lime salad jello recipe covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Vintage Lime Jello Salad

CAN I SUBSTITUTE STRAWBERRY JELLO IN PLACE OF LIME?

You can substitute any jello flavor you’d like in place of lime in this green jello salad. Make it to your taste,

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved just increase or decrease ingredients proportionally and split between 2 baking dishes or a smaller baking dish.

WHY WERE JELLO SALADS SO POPULAR?

Jello salad become very popular in the depression era as people were trying to spread simple ingredients as far as possible.

A side view of the lime jello salad.

Expert Tips for Making This Cottage Cheese Jello Salad Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: If you want to double lime jello salad, increase ingredients proportionally and split between 2 dishes. It is great as a side dish too.
  • Flavored Jello: Use any other flavor such as strawberry, pineapple, cherry, lemon, or raspberry.
  • Toppings: Some suggestions for toppings are whipped cream, cool whip, pineapple chunks, maraschino cherries, chopped walnuts,mini marshmallows to your jello mixture.
  • Additions: blend in coconut, fresh pineapple, cranberry, different nuts such as pecans or fruits to the jello salad.
  • Molds: Use a fun festive mold or bundt pan for your Jell-o, spray with a little cooking spray.

What to Serve with Lime Cottage Cheese Jello Salad

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A square of lime jello salad on a plate.
5 from 3 votes

Lime Jello Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes
Lime Jello Salad combines simple ingredients in a tasty way. You'll love the sweetness of the pineapple and crunch from the walnuts.
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Ingredients

  • 1 can, 8 oz crushed pineapple, drain and reserve juice
  • 1 cup water, adjust amount based on instructions below
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 packages, 3 oz ea lime gelatin

Instructions

  • Add reserved pineapple juice to a 2 cup measuring cup. Add water to bring the liquid to 2 cups.
  • Add liquid to large sauce pan and bring it to a boil; Remove from heat.
  • Add the lime gelatin to the heated liquid and stir until combined.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, and evaporated milk until smooth. Slowly add in the gelatin mixture and stir until combined.
  • Fold in the cottage cheese, crushed pineapple and chopped walnuts.
  • Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish; Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: If you want to double lime jello salad, increase ingredients proportionally and split between 2 dishes.
  • Flavored Jello: Use any other flavor such as strawberry, pineapple, cherry, lemon, or raspberry.
  • Toppings: Some suggestions for toppings are whipped cream, cool whip, pineapple chunks, chopped walnuts, or cherries.
  • Additions: Add coconut, different nuts or fruits to the jello salad.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cottage cheese, evaporated milk, gelatin, jello, jello salad, lime, pineapple, walnuts

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